1 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
2020 Annual Exhibition "Un-Restricted"
The Window Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
While our theme was selected before the time of COVID-19, it has correlated well with this new era. Twenty-five OKWA artists have explored the theme of ‘unrestricted’ in their approach to their work, with some specifically addressing, in varying ways, the impact of this unique time. One common thread appears as some artists use the unsettling nature of the pandemic to change aspects of their art practice, perhaps with a new medium or technique. As artist Phillida Hargreaves states: “This pandemic has taken control away from us all. But it has helped me loosen my need to plan for the future. I feel it changing my approach to art.”
While UNRESTRICTED suggests a parameter, conversely, it also invites a range of perspectives. As artists we explore and along our journeys we make choices. Perhaps, having a choice of any sort — despite the restrictions which carved our paths — is the greatest liberty of all.